Artists and film makers in Second Life® who self-identify as having a disability or a chronic illness have the opportunity to receive a cash award for creating an artwork or a machinima (video filmed in a virtual world) for the Freedom Project showing how virtual worlds have in some way helped them or those around them. The goal of the project is show “how virtual worlds can be used to help some people who may have had difficulties finding other means to express themselves, to believe in themselves more, or to connect with others.”
The Freedom Project is a 2D/3D Art & Film Event organized jointly by the University of Western Australia, members of the Virtual Ability group, and the Centre for ME/CFS and Other Invisible Illnesses group in Second Life. It’s not a competition, but ten works chosen by a panel will each be awarded ten thousand Lindens (L$10,000) as a token of appreciation for entering.
Artworks and films submitted should have freedom as their theme, and should show how a virtual world has helped you or the people around you. Films should be three to five minutes in length; art works should have a maximum of 200 prims. Entries should be submitted between September 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014.
Entrants have the option of additionally submitted an essay 100 to 300 words long, explaining “the virtual world has assisted you and/or those around you, has helped create community, or has helped you to transcend difficulties and challenges real life has posed.” A panel will select some essays for a journal that will be available on the web and in print.
The project officially begins on Sept 1, 2013 at 7PM SLT/PDT at the Virtual Art Gallery of the University of Western Australia in Second Life. Second Life members can teleport to it by clicking http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/86/131/248. You can learn more about the Freedom Project at www.uwainsl.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/the-freedom-project-initiative-by-uwa.html.